Get Up Close & Personal

Adventure behind-the-scenes of the dolphin theater where you’ll to get to meet our dolphins face to face. You’ll be able to touch and feed these friendly creatures while you participate first-hand in a training session that shows how we care for our dolphins, and keep them healthy and happy.

  • Georgia Aquarium does not require that all guests wear masks during their programs; however these animals can be susceptible to respiratory illnesses, and any participant managing respiratory issues (coughing, sneezing, runny nose) are asked to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth during the encounter.
  • Guests clearly symptomatic will be required to wear a mask through the duration of the program or be excused from the program. This is to ensure the safest environment for the animals, our staff, and fellow guests.

For guests with special needs, every effort will be made in order to allow participation in our Dolphin Encounter. Please call 404-581-4000 to make a reservation and let the reservists know you have special needs and someone from the program will call you prior to your visit to review your options.

CANCELLATION AND DATE CHANGE POLICY: The program fee is non-refundable; however, the program will be rescheduled whenever possible. The Aquarium will reschedule your encounter if given notice more than 48 hours in advance. There will be a change fee of $20 per ticket if notice is given within 14 days of the original reservation date. Cancellations and no-shows will not be refunded or rescheduled.

Program Age Requirements

Please ensure that your party adheres to the age requirements before booking this Animal Interactive Program.

  • Must be 7+ to participate. 
  • Each guest 15 years of age and under must come with a participating adult (one adult per family required).
  • Guests 17 and under must have a program liability waiver signed and dated by a parent or court appointed legal guardian.
  • All participants must be ticketed for the Interaction.

If requirements are not met, your program will be cancelled.

All Modules

You'll Get To...

  • Dolphin Interaction

    You will spend 8 minutes next to the water interacting with a dolphin in a variety of different and fun ways.

  • Meet Our Trainers

    Learn what it takes to become a dolphin trainer by spending time with our talented marine mammal trainers.

  • Get a Good Splash

    Prepare to get a little wet as you play with these beautiful marine mammals.

See a Dolphin Encounter in Action

When we left, Drew just looked at me and said, "Mom, that was the most AWESOME thing EVER!!"

Michelle Marietta, GA

Recent Dolphin Encounter Photos

  • Dolphin Encounter 16
  • Dolphin Encounter 17
  • Dolphin Encounter 18

Unique Gifts from Georgia Aquarium

Bring the memories home with you! Stop by our gift shop for all your dolphin gifts or shop online here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What if I didn’t fill out my waiver for my animal interaction or encounter?
  • Do participants have to wear a mask?
  • My picture was taken by the professional photographers at Georgia Aquarium, how can I find it?
  • What is the cancellation and date change policy for the Dolphin Encounter?
  • Are guests welcome to watch? Do they have to buy a ticket?
  • Where do I go when I arrive?
  • What are the age requirements?
  • How do I make a reservation?
  • Do I need to make a reservation?
  • What should I bring with me?
  • How long is the program and what will I see?
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